Thursday, May 7, 2009

In the Box Scores

I'll admit that I didn't watch any baseball last night, but still here is a quick recap of last night's action, straight from one of our Nation's free gifts to the world, daily box scores...

First, what we were looking forward to...

Rich Harden's performance? I think we should be pleased that he was able to get 7 innings out of his 99 pitches. In fact, Sweet Lou said just about the same thing after the game. - "[Harden] did a heck of a job," manager Lou Piniella said. "He maintained his velocity. We thought if we get seven we were going to be pleased." - I was also pleased that Carlos Marmol shut down the Astros in the 8th, and Kevin Gregg seems to pitch decently when I don't watch. Fine by me.
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It looks as though we are in the last days of the Felix Pie Orioles Era. He has not been producing and cannot catch a break. Last night was his first start in three days, and he hasn't started back-to-back games since April 26th. In this dreadful performance, he struck out looking in the second inning and popped out a bunt attempt in the fourth. The game was called in the 6th inning, due to rain. Could Felix Pie be the person sent down when Matt Wieters gets called up?
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Unfortunately, I didn't act on my instinct to bench Justin Masterson versus the Indians. He gave up 6 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. I'm not worried about him, but I thought that was a tough match up, especially since the Red Sox were short handed without Youkilis or Ellsbury.

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It's official. I will never expect Carlos Silva's team to win one of his starts. Unless he is squaring off against Oil Can Boyd's team, I'll expect Silva's team to lose. Last night, Silva gave up 6 earned runs in 3 innings, and the Mariners failed to punish the Royals for employing and starting Sidney Ponson. Sir Sidney must have thought it was 2003 all over again as he threw 7 1/3, gave up only 1 run, and waddled away with his first victory of the season.

Now, some things we didn't think about but still happened...

After 1 1/2 innings, Joe Posnanski called a Johan Santana no-hitter versus the Phillies. He was close. Santana gave up only 2 hits in 7 innings. It seems to me that the way the Mets handle Santana, he would have to get his no-no in less than 120 pitches and with a comfortable lead. It is incredibly impressive to realize just how good Santana is. This is the 6th time in his career that he has won a game with a final score of 1-0.

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The Brewers pounded the Reds early and late, with 5 runs in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, and 5 more in the 9th inning, on their way to a 15-3 shellacking. Bronson Arroyo gave up the first nine runs and now has to carry around a 7.15 ERA until his next start. At least the five runs in the 9th were given up by backup shortstop, Paul Janish. Unfortunately for him, he probably has to carry his 45.00 ERA for the rest of his career. The lesson again: not everyone is as blessed as Nick Swisher.

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Rockies flame thrower, Ubaldo Jimenez, probably gave the dinosaur, Randy Johnson, a flashback to what it was like to throw in the upper 90's. Ubaldo had very good results, going 7 innings, allowing 1 run, on 5 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Randy Johnson, on the other hand, gave up 7 earned runs, with two home runs, including Matt Murton's first of the season. Hey, Matt Murton is on the Rockies. Cool!

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